Some 80% of calls to the hotline come from mandated reporters, a majority of them originating in schools. DCFS must take steps to screen out inappropriate calls. Fear drives much of the system. Structured Decision Making tool often leads to investigations that ought have been screened out by worker discretion. More than half of all court proceedings result in removal from the home of a parent or guardian. Sending an 18 year old foster ward into adulthood without support “is government sanctioned child abuse.”

Los Angeles County Grand Jury Final Report 2012 13 by Rick Thoma